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Icy Sparks af Gwyn Hyman Rubio
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Icy Sparks (original 1998; udgave 2001)

af Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Forfatter)

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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.
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Titel:Icy Sparks
Forfattere:Gwyn Hyman Rubio (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2001), Paperback, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Oprah's Book Club, Tourette's Syndrome

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Icy Sparks af Gwyn Hyman Rubio (1998)

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Not any easy read due to slang type language. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Loved this book because Icy Sparks is a young girl that you just fall for.Set in the 1950s in the mountain area of Kentucky She has Tourette's syndrome but is not diagnosed even after spending time in the children's section of a mental hospital. She has an incomparable spirit filled with humor, anger and such sweetness.This spirit carries her through a rough childhood because of t he isolation she creates and her community creates because of her condition. She has loving grandparents who she lives with who protect her but allow her to self isolate. But she hangs in through it all and in the end, well, Hallelujah !!!! ( )
  Smits | Aug 21, 2020 |
Icy Sparks has Tourette's. No one knew what was wrong with her and she was an outcast because of it.

It had potential, but it never took me over the edge. It was boring, especially the ending. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Great book. The voice of the main character is genuine and interesting. Highly recommend. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
When she was 10 years old Icy Sparks began to feel strange sensations in her body, ones that made her limbs twist or stiffen, her head feel like it was about to explode and a desperate need to release the pressure by 'croaking' and spewing curses and ugly phrases into the air. Icy's grandparents, with whom she lived since her parents had died, were unaware of Icy's affliction for months as Icy hid in the root cellar when she felt an episode coming on. One person she shared her secret with was Miss Emily a sweet-natured woman who was so fat she rippled when she moved. Icy felt a kinship with Miss Emily as they both were different from everyone else and seemed destined to be lonely. After Icy began having episodes at school the other children and a most hateful schoolteacher began to tease and taunt Icy eventually relegating Icy to a storage closet for her own private classroom to keep her away from the 'normal' children. Fortunately the kindly prinicpal kept Icy supplied with books and schoolwork and eventually he approached Icy's grandparents about sending Icy to an institution where, hopefully, the doctors would understand Icy's condition and help her.

Life in the institution was both wonderful and horrific for Icy. Instead of a hateful schoolteacher Icy was now confronted with a cruel aide who poked, insulted and treated the young inmates no better than animals. The rest of the staff however were kind and tried to help Icy learn how to control the impulses that Icy called her 'bad side". Icy wanted nothing more from life than to be a normal girl with friends and a bright future but even after her release from the institution and her return home to her grandparents her episodes continued and Icy closed herself off from the rest of the world. Her fear of people's reactions to her disorder would rule the next few years of her life making her a sad, disagreeable young woman. Her grandparents and Miss Emily never gave up on Icy and they struggle to show her what a sweet person lives inside that tortured shell.

The story was set in the mid-to-late 50's when Tourette's syndrome was not widely recognized even by the medical community. Icy did not learn the name of her probelm until she was in her 20's and that none of the episodes were her 'bad side' coming out but uncontrollable brain signals that caused them. I enjoyed Icy's story and seriously wanted to smack a few of the characters in the book, namely that horrible teacher and the hospital aide. Icy is a strong young woman who fortunately had a loving and caring support system. I recommend this one.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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At the age of ten, an Appalachian girl develops croaks, jerks and spasms, which leads to her explusion from school. After treatment--she has Tourette's syndrome--she learns to control herself, attends college and there is a happy ending.

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